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Women's Player nominees: What makes them The Best?

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  • The 12-person shortlist for The Best FIFA Women's Player 2019 has been released
  • Voting is open until midnight CET on Monday 19 August
  • highlights each nominee with quotes and stats

2019 was a landmark year for the women’s game with the record-breaking FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Who will be crowned The Best Women’s Player on such a milestone year for women’s football?

Now that the 12-person shortlist for the award has been unveiled, it's time to cast your vote. takes a look at each nominee to help you make your choice before voting closes.

Lucy Bronze

Lucy Bronze followed up her club success with Lyon, where she won the league, cup and UEFA Women’s Champions League treble, by helping England to the semi-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Her stellar performances saw her recognised with the adidas Silver Ball and after her quarter-final performance against Norway, Phil Neville dubbed her "the best in the world".

"What you have seen tonight is that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world: there is no player like her, no player who has her athleticism and quality. I played full-back but never to that level she played at."
England manager Phil Neville

The stat: The relentless right-back helped England to four consecutive clean sheets at France 2019, against opponents Argentina, Japan, Cameroon and Norway.

Julie Ertz

Star-laden USA boasted a plethora of big names at France 2019 who were central to their fourth Women’s World Cup triumph and among them was Julie Ertz. The versatile No8 was the heartbeat in the Stars and Stripes midfield in France and also scored eight goals and picked up seven assists in her 2018 club campaign with Chicago Red Stars.

"She’s up 2-1, I’m extremely proud of her. She’ll always say they only play every four years though, so she always has that in her back pocket."
Ertz’s husband Zach, an American footballer referring to his one Super Bowl ring and his partner’s two World Cup medals

The stat: Ertz was awarded the Golden Ball at the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship as USA stormed to continental glory in late 2018 before their global success at France 2019.

Caroline Graham Hansen

Now with Barcelona, Caroline Graham Hansen picked up a league and cup double with Frauen-Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg last season. A rampant winger with great technique and vision, the Norwegian put in my many impressive shifts at France 2019, picking up two Player of the Match awards over five games.

"She’s only 24 but is already one of the best players around. She’s brilliant with the ball at her feet, very quick at dribbling and attacking at defenders."
England legend Faye White

The stat: The tireless Norwegian covered 50.6km over 444 minutes of playing time at France 2019.

Ada Hegerberg

Ada Hegerberg capped off a stellar year with a league, cup and Women’s Champions League treble with Lyon. The Norwegian striker finished second in the scoring charts of both France’s D1 Feminine and the Champions League.

"The way Ada is, she will change a lot of things in the game whether that’s with Lyon or Norway, or with football or women’s sport in general."
Fellow nominee Lucy Bronze

The stat: A player who relishes the big stage, Hegerberg completed her hat-trick after 30 minutes in the Women’s Champions League Final against Barcelona.

Amandine Henry

Amandine Henry was part of Lyon’s treble-winning side that stormed to victory in the league, cup and Women’s Champions League. A linchpin in midfield, Henry was one of France’s standout players in their run to the quarter-finals and bagged an extra-time winner against Brazil to send Les Bleues to the final eight.

"She's the captain. She is important and valuable. She knows how to be decisive when her squad is in difficulty."
France coach Corinne Diacre

The stat: 107 minutes was on the clock when Henry bagged the winning goal for France against Brazil in extra time to send her side through to the last eight.

Sam Kerr

Top scorer in the 2018 NWSL, top scorer in 2018/19 W-League – Sam Kerr certainly knows how to find the net. The Australian also bagged five goals in four games for the Matildas at France 2019, showing her well-rounded skill-set by scoring with her left foot, right foot and head.

“She comes to a training session and takes the young girls that we have in the squad under her wing and tries to introduce the work ethic she has. Even at 25, she's very mature and trying to pass all of that to the younger generation."
Perth Glory head coach Bobby Despotovski

The stat: Kerr scored a combined 29 goals in the 2018 NWSL and 2018/19 W-League, seeing her finish No1 in the scoring charts of both leagues with Chicago Red Stars and Perth Glory respectively.

Rose Lavelle

Rose Lavelle watched the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Final in a pizza shop. Four years later, the diminutive and creative midfielder played – and scored – in the France 2019 decider and claimed the adidas Bronze Ball as the tournament’s third-best player.

"I’ve had the privilege of knowing Rose for a long time now and she’s a joy. She’s actually one of the best players in the air. She’s got a lot of tools in her toolbag — and her head is growing massively right now."
USA coach Jill Ellis

The stat: Lavelle became the eighth player to score a goal for USA in the Women’s World Cup Final, following in the footsteps of legends such as Michelle Akers, Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd.

Vivianne Miedema

2019 was a very successful year for Vivianne Miedema – for both club and country. As well as helping the Netherlands to their first Women’s World Cup Final, the Arsenal goal-getter won the FA Women’s Super League, finished top goalscorer in England and was named the PFA Player of the Year.

"She's not one of the louder ones in the [Arsenal] team. She's close with everyone but she keeps to herself and just gets the job done. It's all about performing on a gameday - that's what she does, she scores goals."
Arsenal team-mate Jordan Nobbs

The stat: By scoring a brace against Cameroon in the France 2019 group stage, Miedema became the all-time top scorer for the Netherlands women's team.

Alex Morgan

One of the biggest stars in women’s football, Alex Morgan was awarded the France 2019 adidas Silver Boot having scored six goals at the tournament. Five of those came against Thailand which equalled Michelle Akers’ record for goals in a Women’s World Cup game, while the other was a decisive header against England in the semi-finals.

"From a young age, she’s someone who embraced her ability to connect with her fans and generate more excitement for her team and the sport. That was not always easy for me, and Alex makes it look effortless."
USA legend Mia Hamm

The stat: Morgan is part of a select group to have played in three Women’s World Cup Finals. It includes Germany’s Birgit Prinz and compatriots Tobin Heath, Ali Krieger, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.

Megan Rapinoe

2019 was a special year in the storied career of Megan Rapinoe. Women’s World Cup success with USA was capped with the adidas Golden Ball and Golden Boot, reflecting the integral part she played in adding a fourth star to her country’s jersey. Rapinoe found the net in all of USA’s knockout games in which she featured at France 2019.

"I think almost the bigger the spotlight, the more she shines. Sometimes spotlights can burn people but for Megan it just highlights who she is."
Two-time Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis

The stat: Forty-eight minutes is all it took Rapinoe to average a goal or an assist (nine in 428 minutes). It was the best ratio of any player at France 2019 to play at least 100 minutes.

Wendie Renard

Wendie Renard was at the heart of the Lyon defence that conceded just six league goals in 22 games in 2018/19. Her specialities are not just limited to the backline, though. The towering defender’s four goals, three of which were headers, helped France to the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals.

"Not only is she tall, but she's got great timing too and not everybody has this skill. Sometimes, I'm on the defending team against her and I can tell you it's really complicated!"
France team-mate Julie Debever

The stat: Renard picked up two Player of the Match awards at France 2019 - one against Korea Republic in the tournament opener and one against Nigeria.

Ellen White

England’s Ellen White demonstrated how dangerous she is in front of goal at the Women’s World Cup. Now at Manchester City, White netted match-winning goals against Scotland and Japan at France 2019, showing her knack of producing the goods when it matters.

"Ellen’s taken her game to another level. People thought she was a grafter, a hard worker who did a job for the team. But I’ve not seen a better centre-forward in this tournament."
Phil Neville before England’s quarter-final with Norway

The stat: White bagged six goals in six games at France 2019 and was recognised with the adidas Bronze Boot.

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